William Philip / December 2014
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A relaxed nation, you will drift through languid Laos without a care in the world as you tour the dramatic hillside greenery on your motorbike, get caught up in the romantic imagery of monks strolling into ancient monasteries or float aimlessly down the magical Mekong river.
An adventurer's paradise, Laos is rich in biodiversity, an array of adventure activities, an attractive ancient culture, a divine cuisine and a somewhat untouched, pristine environment. Your Laos tours will not be forgotten anytime soon.
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Largely untainted by hoards of tourism, like Thailand or Vietnam for example, Laos offers truly authentic experiences. Stop by and chat with the engaging and warm locals and you will immediately bare witness to the endearing and laid-back Laos culture.
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Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Laos
You will inevitably be familiar with the Laos tubing tours that brought a lot of attention to Laos for backpackers, however with that now being banned due to lack of safety, all focus is back on the real gems and cultural experiences of Laos.
Vientiane is Laos’ capital and despite constant steps moving forward this capital city is still described as the most relaxed capital city in the world. The Languid nature of Laos is a welcome one from the hustle and bustle of Thailand and alike. The contrasts are compelling, in what is a constant battle between a communist past and an ever-nearing capitalist Laos.
Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors on showcase as you are welcomed to the fascinating city of Luang Prabang. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, this peaceful city is devoid of unwelcome trucks and lorries which maintains the infectious charm. Surrounded by mountains and with the therapeutic river sounds pervading the streets, Luang Praband can reinvigorate even the most jaded of travelers.
Vieng Xai is another town that excels in being aesthetically unimaginable. The town lies in a stunning valley of colorful hills and stunning limestone cliffs, a combination that elicits a photo at too many opportunities. A truly beautiful stop-off point that shimmers with color and a tour of the caves and the history of the city will illuminate just how far Laos has come since the war.
Laos tours would certainly be incomplete without adventure activities such as the thrilling gibbon experience, a synthesis of pure adrenaline and appreciation over the conservation of the wonderful wildlife. On this 3 day adventure you will turn from human into Tarzan/superhero as you navigate the forest on your zip-lines and cross paths with lions, leopards, black bears and of course gibbons.
For a religious experience and a look into beautiful ancient architecture, head to the famous Wat Phu Champasak, an archaeological site that contains meticulous statue work and a palpable spiritual essence. Alternatively, go to Wat Ho Pha Bang for more spiritual harmony.
So What’s Laos all about?
Food and Culture of Laos
Like most South East Asian countries, Laos uses a lot of spices and herbs in their cuisine. Lemongrass and fish sauce are particularly popular.
Sticky rice is a staple dish in Laos, often accompanied by fresh fish or meat which is often uncooked (similar to cerviche).
A cooking course on your Laos tours is recommended, especially to learn the unique and distinctive way of turning simple vegetables and herbs into wholesome and rustic dishes.
Lao jungle food with the ever-present sticky rice.
When to go on Laos tours
What Time of the year is it best to Visit Laos?
November through to March is the most advised time to visit Laos, with dry days and cool nights.
April through to July can be intolerably hot and the frequent downpours add to the humidity.
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Destination expert in Laos“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen I started to work in the tourism industry by chance, when I escorted a friend for his visiting to Laos. Everything was new for me, more and more I work, I love this job. I learned a lot when traveling and doing my job. It has been an amazing journey for almost 5 years and I realized I am being inspired positively in many ways by my interesting job. Travelling now become my passion, learning each day a new experience and I love to share and exchange that experience with our clients, our colleagues! Gradually, I understand better about local cultures, local people in Indochina and much appreciate each country’s natural beauty rather than taking it for granted. And we’d like to invite you, together with us, sharing the unique travelling experience and values in Laos.
Destination expert in LaosHi there, my name is Khankeo. I am 38 years old and from Laos, Vientiane Capital. With more than 12 years professional travel agency consulting experience, I would name myself as an expert in travel in SEA. I joined Diethelm Travel right after high school, the first and biggest travel agency in Asia, where the opportunity was given to travel and discover Indochina, in and out. Since that, I handled and dealt with all people from all over the world which is great. There are so many cultural differences to discover and I am happy if we have people coming intentionally to Laos to experience my country, culture and people. Travel was always my passion and I am happy that I made it to my job where I can suggest and recommend best trips, excursions or hotels. As a mother of 2 kids I am very much aware of the importance of family travel in our regions and perhaps we make it happen one day to welcome more families in Indochina?
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